Old Fashioned Crooks: Donut Mystery #17 (The Donut Mysteries) (Volume 17)
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When donut shop assistant Emma’s bad boyfriend is found dead in the middle of a freshly lit bonfire during the Spirit Night celebration, Suzanne and Grace must dig into the case, with Jake adding his own special skills to the investigation. The team soon gets into trouble when the search turns even more sinister, and the abilities of all three sleuths are required if they are going to have any chance of solving the murder and clearing Emma’s name.
the look in his eyes, and I couldn’t read his expression. “Actually, anything you have to say to me you can say in front of my stepfather and the mayor,” I said. Let him try to isolate me from my support and see where it got him. “As you wish. I understand that you consider yourself somewhat of an amateur sleuth.” “I’ve never called myself that,” I said. The new chief shrugged. “But it’s true nonetheless, isn’t it? While my predecessor here may have allowed you some latitude investigating
crime as a private citizen, be warned that I will not. In my opinion, there’s no room in police business for a rank amateur.” “That’s a little harsh, don’t you think?” Chief Martin asked. Chief Tyler stared at him for a second before he spoke. “I’m not surprised that you feel that way, given that she’s your stepdaughter, but that doesn’t make any difference to me. I won’t have her muddying the waters in any of my investigations.” “Hang on a second,” George said in an amiable manner. “Maybe
right now. Anger, maybe? She wants whoever did this to her boyfriend caught and prosecuted, or worse. Ladies, please take it easy on her, could you?” I put a hand on Sharon’s shoulder. “I shouldn’t have to tell you that I love your daughter almost as much as you do, and I’d never intentionally hurt her. You realize that, don’t you?” “Of course I do,” she answered, a little flustered by my frank admission. “Forgive me.” “There’s nothing to forgive,” I said with my brightest smile. “We
moments. “Not that I don’t have all of the faith in the world in you and Grace. I didn’t mean any offense by it.” “That’s good, because I didn’t take any,” I answered quickly. “I’m the first person to admit that Grace and I need him for part of our list of suspects. We’re pretty good with normal, everyday folks, but some of your former boyfriend’s acquaintances are a tad bit too dangerous for our tastes.” “I couldn’t agree with you more,” Emma said. “I kept asking Rick why he chose to hang
store and at the park after all of this is over. We don’t need to make any more enemies in town than I’ve already generated on my own.” “Understood,” Jake said. “I’ll do my best to handle things a little more delicately.” Chapter 17 To our surprise, it appeared that we weren’t the only ones interested in talking to Travis Wright. When we got to his place of business, we saw the temp police chief coming out of the construction trailer alone. He greeted Jake warmly. “I haven’t had the chance